The PRES Press

Principal's Monthly Newsletter, January 2020

CARE Community Meeting & School Spirit Day

We will hold our next monthly CAREs community meeting on Thursday, January 30th. Students and staff are invited to wear PRES clothes or the school colors, green and white, for our school-wide community meeting. At this assembly, we will focus on the theme of generosity and our CAREs values, led by our first grade team.

On Friday, January 31st, we will celebrate our school spirit with Wacky Wardrobe Day! Students are invited to dress up in a silly, original, wacky wardrobe! Be creative!

World Read Aloud Day

On Monday, February 3, 2020, Pound Ridge Elementary School will join thousands of schools and communities around the world for World Read Aloud Day. Developed by the organization, LitWorld, World Read Aloud Day is a day when people all over the world read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right for all people.

From their website,

"LitWorld was founded in 2007 after Pam Allyn, literacy educator and author, visited Kibera, an area of extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. There, she experienced the urgent desire children had to read, write and share their stories, and the barriers that stood in their way. Literacy is not a gift given just to some lucky ones, it is a foundational human right that brings joy, economic independence, gender equity and a pathway out of poverty."

On February 3rd, we will celebrate World Read Aloud Day in these ways:

  • All students and staff are invited to wear a readable shirt! Please make sure the text is school appropriate.
  • Community readers, including District administrators and community members, will visit PRES to read aloud a book in each classroom.
  • Students will participate in other reading and writing activities during the school day.

Strong Hearts, Strong Minds

The Foundation for Bedford Central Schools has supported our students at PRES and across the District with many innovative projects, including our grades 3-5 Enrichment-For-All program. The Foundation is collaborating with BCSD on a special fundraiser to support the implementation of RULER, an evidence-based approach to integrating social and emotional learning into schools, developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Please consider joining fellow BCSD families for a fun evening event, on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 7:00-10:00 PM to support fundraising for RULER and other important academic initiatives for all Bedford Central schools. Proceeds from this event will continue to support programs at PRES as well as other District priorities. Please click on the link below to learn more about the fundraiser and order tickets:

Strong Hearts, Strong Minds Fundraiser

Successful Blood Drive!

Congratulations to the PRES PTA for a successful Blood Drive this past Friday, January 24, 2020. For the first time, the PRES PTA partnered with the American Red Cross to launch an educational blood drive in our area. Members of the American Red Cross came to speak with our oldest students about the importance of donating blood. A lesson in empathy and the importance of helping others fits perfectly with our PRES CAREs values. The Blood Drive allows us to give back to the community in a truly life changing way since each donation we collect can save up to three lives. The Drive was such a success that we passed our goal of collecting 30 units and collected 34 units of blood! Thank you to Liz Tegano and the PRES PTA for leading such a successful event for our school community.

Preparing for Valentine's Day

As we prepare for our Valentine’s Day celebrations in February, both at home and at school, please be mindful that many of our students at PRES have life-threatening food allergies. Recently, a letter was sent home reminding you of the Board policy that helps us to ensure that students with life-threatening food allergies are safe at school. For this reason, we are asking that if you are sending in Valentines for your child's classmates, please send in NON-FOOD/NON-CANDY Valentines. Homemade cards, pencils, stickers, or crafts are nice alternatives to chocolates or candy that may contain nuts or other food allergens. Here is a nice article with ideas for alternative activities to celebrate the holiday:

On February 14, 2020, we will hold our annual Valentine's Day Book Swap! Students will be invited to find a new or almost new book from home to share with a friend at school. In exchange for a donated book, each student who participates will receive a new book to enjoy! Stay tuned for more information.

Parent-Principal Coffees

Please join us for our topic-specific parent-principal coffees. Come hear about BCSD Success Plan initiatives, school updates, and a chance to have informal conversations with the principal. All Parent-Principal coffees will take place in the PRES Library at 9:30 AM.

Coming up...

Friday, February 7th - NYS Testing (Grades 3-5)

Are you curious about what the NYS ELA and Math tests look like? Are you wondering how the tests have changed over the years in response to the "Opt-out" movement? We will demystify the NYS tests, help you understand what to expect on them, and how to support your child at home in preparation for these State assessments in grades 3-5.

Friday, March 6th - Social-Emotional Learning

With a growing number of children developing anxiety, learning how to cope with the daily challenges of life is essential for our students to learn. Join us for a discussion on the ways we are supporting social-emotional development in our school.

Friday, May 1st - Supporting Your Child In Reading

Summer months will be here before we know it. Learn how to keep the reading momentum going so that children don't lose the progress they made during the school year. Learn about strategies for supporting your child when he/she gets stuck on a tricky word. Learn ways you can support your child's reading comprehension and love for books!

Coming Up at PRES

January 2020:

January 30 = CARE Community Meeting - WEAR GREEN & WHITE!

January 31 = School Spirit Day - Wacky Wardrobe Day

January 31 = PTA Parent-Child Luau Dance @ 6:30 PM (PRES Gym)

February 2020:

February 3 = World Read Aloud Day (Read a Shirt Day)

February 7 = Parent-Principal Coffee (Grade 3-5 NYS Testing) @ 9:30 AM (PRES Library)

February 7 = 11:30 AM Early Dismissal-NO LUNCH (Superintendent Conference Day)

February 10 = Cabaret Preview (K-3)

February 11 = Cabaret Preview (4-5)

February 11-14 = Kindergarten 2020-2021 Registration (at Central Office)

February 14 = PRES Valentine Book Swap

February 17-21 = WINTER RECESS - NO SCHOOL

February 25 = Cabaret Dress Rehearsal (K-3)

February 26 = Cabaret Dress Rehearsal (4-5)

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